White House Declines To Defend Runner Suspended From Olympics Over Marijuana Test, While Lawmakers Step Up

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The White House on Friday declined to condemn a U.S. Olympics panel for suspending a famed sprinter over a positive test for marijuana, adding another level of frustration for advocates who have sharply criticized the administration for firing its own staffers over cannabis use. Sha’Carri Richardson, known as the fastest woman in America, was set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this month before testing positive for THC in violation of United States Anti-Doping Agency policy. The runner admitted to consuming cannabis in Oregon, where marijuana is legal for adult use, after learning about the death of her biological mother during a press interview. Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) joins us live for an exclusive interview to discuss the positive marijuana test that’s put her Olympic future in limbo. pic.twitter.com/iVBp3zhvja — TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 2, 2021 Asked whether President Joe Biden supports the one-month suspension or would like to see a reversal to allow the athlete to participate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “this was an independent decision made by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and not a decision that would be made by the U.S. government.” Psaki did go on to note that Richardson “is an inspiring young woman who has gone through a lot personally—and she also happens to be one of the fastest women in the world.” And that woman will miss a key Olympics event given the one-month suspension; however, the punishment is set to end by the time she would potentially participate in another race if she remains on the U.S. team following the cannabis controversy. “That’s an important part of the story as well,” Psaki said, “so this is an independent decision by the the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but I also felt it was important to note, who she is and her history.” I am…

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